Stephen Redmond heading to Japan this weekend for Tsugaru Strait

loneswimmerloneswimmer Admin
edited July 2012 in Cheering Section
FYI all, Stephen is leaving for Japan on Saturday, hoping to tackle Tsugaru next week to complete the Ocean's 7.

He is on Twitter, though knowing that he only tweets about once every 6 weeks, it's not a great communication tool to get him.

His blog/website is Oceans7.org. You'll find a great interview with Steve @Munatones about Tsugaru on it. Check out Steve M.'s training. I seem to recall Steve M. telling by email that during his early morning swims he'd only have one light on so he because expert at night swimming!

(We should start a thread on night swimming btw, I bloody love it).

Most of Stephen's updates go through Noel in Ballydehob, Cork to Facebook and Sandycove Island Swim Club chairman Liz, who tells me, so any updates I have I'll tweet, blog and/or drop here.

My last email from Stephen (Redmond) last weekend shows the struggle of all the training, fundraising and stress. But he is as everyone now realises, extremely tough, our ultimate compliment, I think. The party in Ballydehob should be spectacular.

Comments

  • I was wondering when he was going to make an attempt. Would be cool to have someone be the first to complete the oceans seven.
  • He is about over the Polar Cap about now.
    Steven Munatones
    www.worldopenwaterswimmingassociation.com
    Huntington Beach, California, U.S.A.
  • FYI - when magazine editors cover the Oceans Seven, that is its proper spelling. They tend to be sticklers on proper spelling and punctuation and all the stuff we learned when we were young.
    Steven Munatones
    www.worldopenwaterswimmingassociation.com
    Huntington Beach, California, U.S.A.
  • timsroottimsroot Member
    edited June 2012
    Munatones said:

    He is about over the Polar Cap about now.

    Getting excited to see someone complete the whole thing.
  • loneswimmerloneswimmer Admin
    edited June 2012
  • His spot doesn't look like it has updated in a while. Did he get pulled?
  • Bad weather, out after 3 hours, another go tomorrow with better weather, hopefully.
  • Steve is due to head back out at 9PM GMT tonight (Sun 17th).
  • IronMikeIronMike Bishkek, KyrgyzstanCharter Member
    So, for crossing that channel (strait?), does one swim from the east to the west? I'm trying to figure out what direction he's swimming by the spot tracker (zoomed way out). What's the 'typical' route for that swim?
  • WalterWalter Member
    edited June 2012
    Don't know if it's typical, but he started from the East side. According to a facebook page dedicated to his effort, he was caught in a current.

    Here is a link to the page: https://www.facebook.com/pages/Steve-Redmonds-Oceans-7-Swim-Challenge/164815306903048. I don't think you need to log on to facebook to see it.
    I'm not very popular around here; but I'm huge in Edinburgh!
  • Unfortunately Steve was pulled after 10am GMT, if you've seen his tracker you'll have seen he literally went in a circle with the current. I'm not certain but I think the forecast is bad for the next few days so I don't know if he'll take another shot at it. If it was anyone else, (except Lisa Cummins) they'd need a rest, but Steve is so strong mentally, but he may not get a chance.

    And there are of course the financial implications.
  • smithsmith Member

    Unfortunately Steve was pulled after 10am GMT, if you've seen his tracker you'll have seen he literally went in a circle with the current. I'm not certain but I think the forecast is bad for the next few days so I don't know if he'll take another shot at it. If it was anyone else, (except Lisa Cummins) they'd need a rest, but Steve is so strong mentally, but he may not get a chance.

    And there are of course the financial implications.

    Thanks for the updates and keep us posted. If the financial component isn't too steep, It would be great if he could get several days rest and give it one more try if the weather cooperates.

    Lactate is for wimps.
  • He's coming home and thanks to the bad weather delayed by the typhoon that's hit Japan. We'll give them a while to regroup and decide their strategy.
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